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The Pirates of Penzance (1994)

Frederic was sent in the care of his nursemaid, Ruth, to be apprenticed to a pilot. But she misunderstood her instructions, being hard of hearing, and apprenticed him instead to the Pirate King.

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Derek Metzger ...
Tim Tyler ...
The Police Sergeant
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Edith (The Fabulous Singlettes)
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Kate (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Anna Butera ...
Isabel (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Marc James ...
Samuel
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Glynn Nicholas ...
The Original Major-General Stanley
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Jason Barry-Smith ...
Pirate
Christophe Broadway ...
Pirate
David Coombs ...
Pirate
Robert Dale ...
Pirate
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Frederic was sent in the care of his nursemaid, Ruth, to be apprenticed to a pilot. But she misunderstood her instructions, being hard of hearing, and apprenticed him instead to the Pirate King.

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[first lines]
Pirates: [sings] Pour, o pour the pirate sherry.
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Version of The Pirates of Penzance (1982) See more »

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Stop, Ladies, Pray!
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Composed by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Simon Gallaher, Susie French, Melissa Langton and Anna Butera
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Moronic
23 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

This insolent revision is cringe-inducing. Even its actors seem to think so; they cascade waves of sweat. It can't be just the hot lights.

The humour is a combination of Jackie Gleason/Art Carney and Sergeant Bilco. (Sorry if those mystify U.K. and Aussie readers. Just think "amateur," "1950s," and "awful, simply awful.") For example, to have the daughters played by fat girls (who at first I thought were drag queens) wearing plastic sunglasses, impersonating the Chordettes – where to begin? And, as another commenter has suggested, the idea that G & S need to be improved by having the Major General pull a punch of flowers out of his ass, give them to his daughter, and then urge her to wash her hands – well, once again, words fail.

There's a fairly colossal arrogance when the credits say "additional lyrics by …", in the apparent belief that Gilbert's were insufficient.

Yet it gets two stars from me. One is for the rubber man playing the sergeant; why isn't he splashed all over Hollywood, Broadway and the West End? He's a good singer as well as an epic physical comic. The second star is for the "Come, friends, who plough the sea" business. It's something else that G & S would have repudiated in horror, and it doesn't belong here (it belongs in a Dame Edna sketch), but if one removes the context, it's very clever.


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